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2017 Audi A4 Adds Manual-Transmission, All-Wheel-Drive Variant

If you’re interested in a sporty, luxurious performance sedan with three pedals and all-wheel drive (AWD), you have just one choice: the 2017 Audi A4. Audi recently announced its new A4 will offer the unusual combo of a stick shift and AWD, making it the only vehicle in its segment to do so. See the 2017 Audi A4 models for sale near you

This is a big deal to shoppers in Snowbelt states, who often have to buy all-wheel-drive vehicles for traction and snow capabilities only to find themselves relegated to automatic transmissions on models from BMW, Mercedes, Infiniti, Lexus and others. Not so with Audi, which says the 6-speed manual will come standard with the 2017 A4’s 252-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder.

Even more impressively, Audi will offer the 6-speed manual with every A4 trim level, meaning that drivers can combine all-wheel drive with high-end equipment — so they won’t be stuck with a hubcap-wearing, air-conditioning-less base model that has circular wheels as an extra-cost add-on (as is so often the case with stick-shift variants).

According to Audi, 3-pedal A4 models will cost the same as dual-clutch automatic versions; the manual is technically standard, with the dual-clutch available as a no-cost option. With that said, we expect most dealerships to stick with automatics, so we wouldn’t be surprised if manual lovers will need to visit a few dealerships in order to find their car — you may even need to order it.

Nonetheless, the 2017 Audi A4 will soon be available with a stick shift and all-wheel drive. Audi says manual models should start arriving in dealerships in the next month or two. Find a 2017 Audi A4 for sale

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  1. I broke with stick-shift tradition to try a 2012 A4 automatic and hated it with a passion.  A loaner with a stick was a completely different and hugely more entertaining car.  Good on Audi for this.

    I’ve since gone back to BMW and a certified 335.  What a shame that the 340 stick shift makes rev-matching a requirement unless the driver disables every single stability program.  I’ve no idea why rev-matching isn’t set up as an independent option given the wealth of options available in iDrive.  This means I’m going to try my best to never buy a new sedan.

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